In July, after struggling to get through books for half the year because of Hashimoto’s, I set myself a Reading Challenge. I decided to try to read 10 books before the end of December.
I am super excited to report that I DID IT! Check out the last couple of books I have read, to bring my total thus far to TWELVE!
The Hedge Knight — Story by George R.R. Martin
Fantasy, graphic novel
I read the first five books of the Song of Ice and Fire series back in 2013, and have been getting really antsy waiting for the sixth installment to be published. Adam got me this graphic novel for my birthday, to satisfy our cravings for Westeros and to tide us over until Winds of Winter.
This begins the story of Dunk and Egg. Dunk is a hedge knight desperate to prove himself, and Egg is his little bald squire with a big secret. We follow them on their journey to Dunk’s first tournament, and, as usual, Martin shocks us with his ability to completely mind-fuck his readers. Seriously. I got so smug thinking, Aha! This is a clue. I have outsmarted you, you evil genius! And then BOOM! He cackles away while I am proved very, very wrong.
I have to say, as much as I loved the story, I really prefer regular books to graphic novels. I found the pictures distracting, and I didn’t like that I was basically shown what Dunk and Egg look like. One of my favourite parts of reading is using my imagination to visualise characters and places.
Killing Floor — Lee Child
This was another gift from Adam for my birthday (I think it’s safe to say he knows me pretty well).
Killing Floor serves as our introduction to Jack Reacher, an ex-military man who now roams around, off the grid, and takes odd jobs investigating strange (and very violent) crimes.
We meet Reacher at a diner, where he is subsequently arrested for a crime he says he didn’t commit. That is literally the first page of the novel, and it makes me so happy when action starts immediately!
If you are a lover of gore and whodunnits, I would give Killing Floor a read. I am officially a fan of Jack Reacher, so intensely so that Kate bought me five more books from the series! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into them 🙂
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms — George R.R. Martin
This is a collection of the first three of Dunk and Egg’s stories. It includes The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight. I skipped the first one, having already read that story, albeit in graphic form.
The stories are really wonderful. It is very hard to not fall deeply in love with the world George R.R. Martin has created. Each character has so much depth, and not a single one is perfect, which makes them even more enjoyable. The stories are written in painstaking detail, but it is never dull. Instead, the imagery is described so vividly that it’s very easy to picture things like the castles and the glorious (drool-worthy) feasts.
This concludes my Reading Challenge series! If I read anything that blows my mind, I will be sure to put up a post about it! Keep reading, everyone! 🙂
If you want to have a peek at the other books I read during this challenge, check out the links below!
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